Industry News

Smartphone use to triple in five years

Ericsson's Mobility Report reveals that mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60% of these - 5.6 billion - will be for smartphones.

Ex-Azlan UK boss to run Jabra UK

Jabra, a global manufacturer of headsets and hands-free communication goods, has named the former Azlan UK head Nigel Dunn as its new Managing Director UK & Ireland.

Capgemini returns to growth as France picks up

French technology consultancy Capgemini kept its full-year sales and profitability goals on Thursday as revenue returned to positive growth in the third-quarter amid improving demand in Europe, notably in its core French market.

EC backs IT skills boost in Lithuania

EC tech leader Neelie Kroes has welcomed a Memorandum of Understanding officially launching the Lithuanian National Digital Coalition in Vilnius.

Own brand boosts distributor margins

ASBIS Group's Q3 2013 showed record sales of own brands resulting in increased gross profit margins and better profitability at all levels.

Benelux public sector IT decline in Ordina results

Ordina's recurring earnings (EBITDA) margin rose to 4.5% (Q3 2012: 2.8%) as cost-cutting continued. Turnover fell 2.7% to €92.8m. Corrected for the impact of the extra working day and the loss of the offshore component from the Rabobank contract, turnover was up 1.9%, it says.

Lancope names new channel boss

Lancope, network and security intelligence specialist, has appointed Dan Sibille as its new Vice President of Channels.

Alcatel-Lucent encouraged by Q3

Alcatel-Lucent's Q3 net loss narrowed to €200m from €316m a year earlier and came in better than analyst expectations of €274m.

Market ready for near-field apps

The initial near-field communications (NFC) mass-market applications are likely to build on existing communications infrastructure and user behaviour, says a new study.